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Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby videovillageidiot » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:04 pm

Howdy! Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, staying away from those not in your household, and getting along well with those that are in your household!

I did a presentation a few months ago at an assisted living facility. Once the covid thing is behind us, I hope to do more, in a variety of settings, maybe at community centers, etc. The presentation consists of a Powerpoint and me talking. I think that, in some settings, my voice may not carry well. Which has me wondering about microphones. Can anyone suggest a cheap solution? Thanks!!

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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby sidd finch » Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:41 pm

What price point are you looking at, and what amplification system will you be using?

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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby videovillageidiot » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:39 pm

sidd finch wrote:What price point are you looking at, and what amplification system will you be using?

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Thanks Sidd!!!

OK, that's part of my problem...i should have said i don't know anything about microphones. Is there something that is just a standalone mike? Otherwise, what do I need? I've seen others do presentations but I never paid attention to their equipment. I don't anticipate doing these in an auditorium; maybe just a pretty big room.

And as for price point, I mean really cheap. This is just something I do for fun and I've already purchased a projector to display the Powerpoint, and, since my laptop has a flaky hinge and will need to be replaced if I'm going to haul it around much, I really don't want to invest much at all.

Hope that narrows things down. :-) Basically, I guess I need some info on mikes and what equipment is involved.
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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby Steve Grisetti » Fri May 01, 2020 6:56 am

This is the kind of thing I wear when I'm giving walking tours.
https://www.amazon.com/ZOWEETEK-Amplifi ... 970&sr=8-7

You wear the microphone like a headset and you wear the speaker on your belt or from a strap around your shoulder.

They can be had for as little as $20 or as much as $90. I'd recommend buying something at least mid-way between. The cheap ones are squawky and wear out quickly.
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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri May 01, 2020 3:53 pm

Steve's option might be the best thing you could hope for on a slim budget. Otherwise you are looking at a wireless headset and receiver along with a mixer/amplifier combo and PA Speaker setup. Probably a minimum of around $300 and that's going with some really cheap stuff you probably won't like the sound of anyway ::C
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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby videovillageidiot » Fri May 01, 2020 10:50 pm

Steve Grisetti wrote:This is the kind of thing I wear when I'm giving walking tours.
https://www.amazon.com/ZOWEETEK-Amplifi ... 970&sr=8-7

You wear the microphone like a headset and you wear the speaker on your belt or from a strap around your shoulder.

They can be had for as little as $20 or as much as $90. I'd recommend buying something at least mid-way between. The cheap ones are squawky and wear out quickly.



Thank you Steve! This looks like a great solution...I knew the fine folks here would have an answer. :exc: :yh:

I'm looking forward to trying this out when people can gather again. Hmmm...does the mic work well when wearing a mask? :-k

BTW, are your walking tours are on hold for the time being? I hope life gets back to normal for you soon. Thanks again Steve!
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Re: Any ideas for presentation microphone?

Postby videovillageidiot » Fri May 01, 2020 10:59 pm

Chuck Engels wrote:Steve's option might be the best thing you could hope for on a slim budget. Otherwise you are looking at a wireless headset and receiver along with a mixer/amplifier combo and PA Speaker setup. Probably a minimum of around $300 and that's going with some really cheap stuff you probably won't like the sound of anyway ::C


Steve's idea looks like it'll work for me! And inexpensive, too!

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